Widdop, Graham selected in England squad for Denver Test
St George Illawarra duo Gareth Widdop and James Graham have been selected in England's 19-man squad to play New Zealand in Denver on Saturday, June 23.
Widdop and Graham have been mainstays of the England team for years now, and will be joined by NRL quartet Tom Burgess, George Burgess, Sam Burgess (all Rabbitohs) and Elliot Whitehead (Canberra Raiders) on the plane to the United States.
"I have selected a strong squad that I believe has the ability and talent to beat New Zealand in Denver. The game is going to be a tough one but we will go into it with confidence," England coach Wayne Bennett said.
"We have always been clear that the door to the senior squad is open to any player showing the form to be selected. The squad has a real mix of experience and youth and that will prove important during our time in Denver.
"Playing a mid-season test against Samoa last year proved invaluable and I’m sure this will be the same. It gives the team a chance to spend time together and me and my coaching staff to see how they perform."
19-man England squad to travel to Denver for New Zealand Test:
John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)
George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Jake Connor (Hull FC)
James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos)
Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves)
Jonny Lomax (St Helens)
Tommy Makinson (St Helens)
Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)
Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors)
Mark Percival (St Helens)
Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves)
James Roby (St Helens)
Luke Thompson (St Helens)
Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons)
George Williams (Wigan Warriors)
Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders)
selected in England squad for Denver Te